TUCSON, Ariz. — Chris Petersen said the timeout he called to ice Arizona kicker Casey Skowron before his game-winning, 47-yard field goal against the Washington Huskies on Saturday should have been whistled sooner.
As Arizona lined up the 47-yard attempt with three seconds showing on the Arizona Stadium clock, Petersen signaled for a timeout. He signaled twice, actually, he said.
But the official didn’t blow his whistle until just before the ball was snapped, allowing Skowron to attempt what amounted to a trial run before the real thing.
The meaningless kick sailed wide right as the teams prepared to do it over again. But Petersen wasn’t happy Skowron was able to boot a warmup try.
“I don’t want to call timeout and let him kick it,” Petersen said. “And I told the guys I was going to call timeout, and I called it twice before they called it. It is what it is. That’s on me. I should have made sure that it was not going to get snapped. I should have made that perfectly clear.”
Petersen said “I don’t know” why the official didn’t call the timeout earlier, saying that he was “standing right there. (I) told him I was going to do it.”
Skowron, who made the real attempt to win the game, missed a game-winning field goal attempt from 36 yards earlier this season against USC.
All season, Huskies fans have wondered what happened to senior receiver Kasen Williams, who returned this year from a nasty leg injury but caught only seven passes in UW’s first 10 games.
On Saturday, he had what qualified as a breakout game, considering the way this season has gone: a team-high five catches for 39 yards.
Not exactly eye-popping, but the Huskies were glad he was again part of the gameplan.
“Combination of everything — quarterbacks trusting us, receivers coming down with the ball, playcalling — everything was clicking today, exactly how we wanted it to,” Williams said. “And it showed on the field.”
Williams, who suffered a severe lower leg injury in October of 2013, caught 142 passes for 1,726 during the first three years of his UW career. He hopes Saturday is a sign of better things to come in the Huskies’ final two games against Oregon State and Washington State.
“Everything’s just been clicking again,” Williams said. “I’ve been feeling good for quite some time now, and it’s just starting to show up in the game, that’s all. Practices have been going just like that game went for me — catching the ball, running after the catch. All that sort of thing.”
Junior receiver Marvin Hall completed his second pass of the season on a trick play, this one going 36 yards for a touchdown to tight end Joshua Perkins. The two are roommates. “It felt good to throw it to my boy,” Hall said. … Senior linebacker John Timu left the game in the third quarter with what the radio broadcast reported was a hip pointer. He did not return. … Hau’oli Kikaha, who left last week’s game with a shoulder stinger, played the entire game Saturday but snapped his streak of 14 consecutive games with a sack. … Freshman cornerback Sidney Jones intercepted the first two passes of his career, including a pick in the end zone in the fourth quarter.